Super Stuff & Green Slime

Who could forget Super Stuff! Every kid wanted some & not all of us were lucky enough to get it. The most memorable thing about it was the unique smell! You mixed the powder with water & shook. You then had to wait a few minutes  till it “set”. When you opened the container you had a big blob of bright pink gooey stuff. It was fantastic… you could make all sorts of shapes with it, blow bubbles & god knows what else. I think every kid remembers their Mum warning them .. “if you get that on the carpet!!!!”.

I remember having several tubs of this stuff. As soon as it started to look greyish colored (which always happened after weeks of use), Mum promptly threw it in the bin. I can still smell & feel it now.. it was probably full of chemicals & children today wouldn’t be allowed anywhere near it! But we loved it.

Ball of Slime
Bucket of Green Slime

Another enduring schoolyard favourite, Green Slime could be bought in small plastic rubbish bins  from any toy shop or newsagent. Manufactured by Mattel and introduced in the winter of 1976,  Slime consisted of a viscous, oozing green material made primarily from guar gum.

As the bucket said, this stuff was gooey, drippy, oozy, cold & clammy, just perfect for lobbing down the neck of your mate’s new polyester T-shirt. A later version came complete with rubber worms – ‘worms in slime’ eyeballs and  body parts – ‘Satan’s slime’.

Later, its cousin – Glo Putty – became even more successful, despite many parents fearing it was radioactive and refusing to let their children have it.

Original Super Stuff Commercial

2 Replies to “Super Stuff & Green Slime”

  1. I researched Super Stuff by Wham-o, it was guar gum crosslinked with borax, a company in Louisiana, still makes the dry powder for it’s original use, oil drilling lubricant!! I bought a bucket of neutral colored, TX131, so I could choose the color, the MSDS sheet told me what was in it, and their website sited the Wham-o connection from the 60’s. They still sell a pink colored variety don’t ask me why.

    1. I have one un opened. I am a chemist and have been on the fence of testing to see what it was. I have pretty much bought every slime to try to find one that had that smell. I suspected it was not PVOH. Guar gum makes sense. What is the name fop the company that sells the TX 131 product.


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